What is Companies House?

Definition of Companies House

Companies House is a government body that stores information on all the limited companies and limited liability partnerships registered in the UK.

Limited companies, and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), have to file documents with Companies House such as:

  • Accounts in a set format ('statutory accounts')
  • Annual Return, showing who the directors / members of the organisation are, who owns the organisation and where it is registered
  • Change of address notifications for directors, members and the organisation itself

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These documents are kept by Companies House and put on the public record, so that they are visible to anyone who wishes to look them up online.

How to register a company with Companies House

Check out gov.uk's guide to registering a private limited company online to find out everything you need to do to register.

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